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Featuring American Beauties Native Plants

Botanical Name     Common Name

Salvia lyrata 'Purple Knockout'

lyre-leaf sage

Grown mainly for the foliage, 'Purple Knockout' has compact basal rosettes of shiny burgundy leaves that turn to deep purple in summer, then to red in the fall. Spikes of pale lilac-blue flowers appear in spring and summer, but sometimes the flowers have only calyces and no petals. We have not been able to determine the cause of this, but a cut back of the stems promotes new blooms that often have petals the second time around. Petals or no, the flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies. Very easy to grow in just about any soil, it will self sow to spread and become a dense groundcover that makes a great native substitute for Ajuga.

Salvia lyrata 'Purple Knockout' lyre-leaf sage from North Creek Nurseries

Schizachyrium scoparium

little bluestem
An upright and clump forming native grass with spiky blades of blue or green. Wispy silvery flowers occur in late summer, followed by a spectacular display of fall color changing from green and orange to deep burgundy. Remains attractive as an architectural feature through winter.
Schizachyrium scoparium '' little bluestem from North Creek Nurseries

Schizachyrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation' PP25202

little bluestem

A warm season grass that does well in poor, dry soils.  Spikey bluish-green stems and leaves transition to a sizzling display of oranges, reds, yellows, and purplish-browns in the autumn.  Also provides winter interest before cutting back in early spring to make way for new growth.

Schizachyrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation' little bluestem from North Creek Nurseries

Scirpus cyperinus

wool grass
A large, upright marsh grass with attractive wooly inflorescences that turn coppery in late summer and persist into winter.
Scirpus cyperinus '' wool grass from North Creek Nurseries

Scirpus validus

soft-stemmed bulrush

Obligate wetland plant for inland shallow waters, non-tidal marshes and wildlife. Large triangular dark green stems with brownish inflorescences hang pendulously from spring to fall. Stems are unusually spongy. Emergent aquatic.

Scirpus validus '' soft-stemmed bulrush from North Creek Nurseries

Scutellaria incana

hoary skullcap
An eastern meadow native that provides weeks of color in mid-summer. Purple flowers top bushy green plants. Found at wood's edge and in sunny meadows from New York to Arkansas.
Scutellaria incana '' hoary skullcap from North Creek Nurseries

Scutellaria ovata

heartleaf skullcap

The foliage of this native beauty has a metallic-purple appearance in spring and early summer. As the leaves lose their luster in mid-summer, spikes of flowers appear in a cloud of violet blue. It prefers a dry, gravelly part shade, but will grow in any part or full shade site. Can go dormant after flowering in warmer zones.

Scutellaria ovata '' heartleaf skullcap from North Creek Nurseries

Sedum ternatum 'Larinem Park'


A low-growing, succulent native groundcover for shade, it carpets the woodland floor with whimsical round leaves arranged in threes. In spring it is covered in white star-shaped flowers. A slowly spreading, floriferous selection from Mineral County, WV, via The Primrose Path of Scottdale, PA. 'Larinem Park' is more tolerant of shade and moisture than other Sedum species.

Sedum ternatum 'Larinem Park' stonecrop from North Creek Nurseries

Silene caroliniana var. wherryi 'Short and Sweet'

wild pinks

Delightful, compact and easy to grow, Silene caroliniana is an excellent choice for bright shade or full sun. It is covered in deep pink flowers in late spring. Very reliable for us through wet and dry seasons, and in a cool spring it seems to bloom forever - one year we tracked 8 weeks of full bloom! A great native substitute for Dianthus, this Silene has similar appearance and bloom time, but tolerates a wider variety of garden situations. Silene 'Short and Sweet' is a fantastic plant for naturalizing, yet it can hold its own as a specimen in a container or patio garden as well.

Silene caroliniana var. wherryi 'Short and Sweet' wild pinks from North Creek Nurseries

Sisyrinchium angustifolium 'Lucerne'

blue-eyed grass

Bright blue star-shaped flowers with gold centers rise above fine, semi-evergreen, iris-like foliage from May to June. Excellent for edging, the 3/4" flowers are very good sized for the genus. We are very excited about this little gem. It will charm your customers for 8-10 weeks! Named by Robert Herman, who found it in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Sisyrinchium angustifolium 'Lucerne' blue-eyed grass from North Creek Nurseries

Solidago 'Solar Cascade'


Delightful, golden-yellow flowers are borne in axillary clusters along reflexing stems from late summer into fall. Reliable, deep green, glossy foliage remains clean throughout the growing seasons. Not an aggressive runner, 'Solar Cascade' is a clump forming perennial reaching knee height, maxing out somewhere between the taller 'Fireworks' and more compact 'Golden Fleece'. Performs best in moist to average garden soil under full sun or partial shade; extremely drought tolerant once established. This great garden plant is easy to propagate and proved to be a standout in The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden perennial trials. Plant en masse for a dramatic effect or incorporate into seasonal arrangements.

Solidago 'Solar Cascade' goldenrod from North Creek Nurseries

Solidago caesia

bluestem goldenrod

This clump forming, non-invasive native perennial boldly displays arching wands of golden clusters in September, contrasted by blue-green stems. Adds life to a dry shady spot. Great with Aster cordifolius and Chasmanthium. Incredible butterfly magnet and cut flower!

Solidago caesia '' bluestem goldenrod from North Creek Nurseries

Solidago graminifolia

grass-leaved goldenrod

Fine-textured linear foliage and golden flat-topped inflorescences in late summer. Cherished by butterflies and preying mantises and well as the wildflower enthusiast.

Solidago graminifolia '' grass-leaved goldenrod from North Creek Nurseries

Solidago odora

anise scented goldenrod

Wonderfully fragrant leaves give off an anise scent when crushed, reminiscent of licorice candy! The lance-shaped leaves are a glossy, smooth dark green. S. odora has a tidy, clump-forming habit and is not weedy or aggressive in the garden. Attracts butterflies, bees, ladybugs, lacewings and other beneficial insects. Its high ecologial value and handsome appearance make it a valuable addition to wildflower gardens, meadows and naturalistic borders.

Solidago odora '' anise scented goldenrod from North Creek Nurseries

Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks'


A compact, cascading, clump-forming native cultivar with a radiating flower form that really looks like fireworks! A great addition for late season color and to lure the butterflies in. Selected and named by Ken Moore of North Carolina Botanical Garden in 1970. Introduced by Niche Gardens.

Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks' goldenrod from North Creek Nurseries

Solidago sempervirens

seaside goldenrod

An east coast native that is useful for dune restoration projects, stormwater management, roadside, and habitat plantings.

Solidago sempervirens '' seaside goldenrod from North Creek Nurseries

Solidago sphacelata 'Golden Fleece'


Another fantastic Mt. Cuba introduction. A stunning show of sprays of golden yellow flowers from mid-August through September. Semievergreen heart-shaped leaves. Truly an excellent groundcover and bee and butterfly charmer! Hairstreaks, sulphurs and skippers are particularly attracted to goldenrod. Monarchs visit it during their autumn migration.

Solidago sphacelata 'Golden Fleece' goldenrod from North Creek Nurseries

Sorghastrum nutans

A vigorous native warm season grass with bluish green foliage turning a translucent yellow-deep gold fall color and bearing beautiful panicles of copper. Excellent for cut flowers.
Sorghastrum nutans '' Indiangrass from North Creek Nurseries

Spigelia marilandica

Indian pink

One of the most striking and beautiful of our native perennials, Indian pink's summer flowers are brilliant red and tubular with canary yellow throats. A very hardy plant, though it is best planted by the end of July for reliable success in gardens and containers. A favorite of butterflies and hummingbirds, it is at home in the bright woodland or shaded border.

Spigelia marilandica '' Indian pink from North Creek Nurseries

Sporobolus heterolepis

prairie dropseed

According to wild Niel Dibol, of Prairie Nursery, Westfield, WI, it is "often considered to be the most handsome of the prairie grasses. It makes a well defined and very distinctive border." Fine textured, deep green foliage with lovely, light and airy flowers to 2 1/2" in September and October. Flowers have a slight fragrance similar to coriander. Often has glowing pumpkin orange fall color. Good drought tolerance.

Sporobolus heterolepis '' prairie dropseed from North Creek Nurseries

Stokesia 'Colorwheel' PP12718

Stokes' aster
A marvelous variety from Itsaul Plants with 3" flowers that open white and age to lavender then dark blue-purple. Flowers of all shades form a tapestry of color. A drought-tolerant native that looks neat and clean in a pot and fantastic in the garden. Very easy to grow.
Stokesia 'Colorwheel' Stokes' aster from North Creek Nurseries

Stokesia laevis 'Peachie's Pick'

Stoke's aster

'Peachie's Pick' isn't peach or apricot, but it is a fantastic plant for pot culture and for the garden! Selected in Peachie Saxon's Mississippi garden, this Stokesia has the typical lavender blue flowers of the species, but it is very compact and has incredible flower power. And the flowers just keep coming, especially with periodic trims. This is our new favorite! 'Peachie's Pick' combines well with pinks and pale yellows.

Stokesia laevis 'Peachie's Pick' Stoke's aster from North Creek Nurseries

Stylophorum diphyllum

Celandine poppy

Brilliant yellow flowers bloom in spring atop blue-green, pinnately lobed foliage. Leaf underside has a silvery cast. An easy to grow native that will self sow and form a dense shade groundcover. Tolerates all but the driest conditions. Beautiful with Virginia Bluebells, Columbine, Goats Beard, Wild Ginger and Woodland Phlox.

Stylophorum diphyllum '' Celandine poppy from North Creek Nurseries
Botanical Name     Common Name